AUBURN, Ala. — The investigation into whether or not Cecil Newton requested money during his son Cam's recruitment to Mississippi State last year is in full swing.
Former Mississippi State quarterback John Bond met the FBI on Tuesday, his lawyer confirmed in an e-mail to the Associated Press. Bond's attorney Phil Abernathy said his client would have no further comment because of the "ongoing nature" of the issue.
Bond was a key figure in the Nov. 4 ESPN.com report that sparked the Newton recruiting controversy. He said he was approached by a former teammate who claimed to represent the Newton family's interests and solicited a six-figure payment to secure the quarterback's signature on a letter of intent.
Several reports have identified that ex-MSU teammate as Kenny Rogers, who was scheduled to meet with the NCAA Tuesday.
Rogers works for a company that matches college athletes with schools but has also been identified as a "recruiter" for an NFL agent. He originally denied any involvement in Newton's recruitment but went on Ian Fitzsimmons' ESPN radio show in Dallas last week to say Cecil Newton asked for "anywhere from $100,000 to $180,000" for his son to sign with Mississippi State.
Bill Bell, a Mississippi State booster Rogers said he called to relay Cecil's request for money, told ESPN.com last week that he already spoke to the NCAA about the matter.
Cam and his father reportedly met with the NCAA prior to the Georgia game last week. The quarterback was eligible for the game and accounted for 299 yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers' 49-31 win.